Pipeline Explosion, Louisiana

In 2016, a natural gas pipeline leak caused a fiery explosion, killing a homeowner in Shreveport, Louisiana. Bryant was engaged to investigate the cause of the pipeline leak. During our investigation, we observed collapsed or caved-in soils adjacent to the leaking gas pipeline. Using a three-dimensional modeling software along with our detailed understanding of the subsurface and its properties, we were able to show that the caved-in soils resulted in an imbalance of forces on the gas pipeline, and that the stress from this imbalance of forces caused the deadly leak in the rigid natural gas pipeline.

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